Football today has been commercialised, so much so that the revenue generated by leagues in Europe and around the world is staggering. Here, we take a look at the five most valuable leagues in the world.
Stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.
1. Premier League - €8.9bn
It comes as no surprise that Premier League tops the list as it is without doubt the most exciting and richest league in the world. Over the past two decades, England's top-flight league has attracted fans and followers from all over the world, with Asia a jewel in their crown. At €8.9billion, despite the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, it will only grow bigger in the future.
2. Serie A - €5.1bn
Serie A and not LaLiga is the second most valuable league in the world and a large part of that can be attributed to Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to move to Juventus. However, after a lull, Italian football is on the rise as seen by their performances in Europe last season. A lot of top players now decide to move to Italy, rather than the likes of Spain and that is seen by it's present value.
3. LaLiga - €5bn
That LaLiga comes third could be attributed to the presence of two of the biggest clubs in the world i.e Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, the likes of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla (Europa League winners) also contribute to their popularity and revenue.
4. Bundesliga - €4.3bn
The Bundesliga is arguably the most competitive league behind only the Premier League, with the Germans factory of young talent starting in their country before moving on to other leagues. The league authorities will no doubt look to increase it's standing around the world in the future.
5. Ligue 1 - €3.5bn
Rather harshly called as the Farmers League by some, Ligue 1 showed that they are not that last season as two of the four semi-finalists in the Champions League came from France. While Paris Saint-Germain are the biggest draw in the country, there are still some exciting teams present in the league.